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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

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Nicholas Blincoe gives a good account of the risk you take explaining the English to the French:
"[A]t a festival in Brittany last week, I claimed that all Englishmen secretly think England is hell. My reasons were slight enough: I had seen a trailer for the new League of Gentlemen film and had been listening to a song by the Fall called Lucifer Over Lancashire. But, once I made the claim, I had to back it up. I went on to argue that the English national poem is Paradise Lost and our national song is Jerusalem.
The idea of a Satanic England was taken up with surprising enthusiasm by the French audience, who seemed to think it explained a lot. Well, at least it may discourage them from visiting."